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Welcome to the home of the skeptical, irascible, doubting, iconoclastic Captain Critical, aka Captain Barb, whose pontificating will try to amuse, bemuse, irritate and generally annoy anyone bold enough to stay long enough to read the ramblings of a self appointed distaff critic who will continue to remind you that women are veterans too!
Did you know that there are almost two million women veterans? From the American Revolution to Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq , women have served in some way in every conflict. Not that they were legal in the early days. History tells us that thirty three thousand women served in World War One and almost 500,000 took part in World War Two. During the Korean era 120,000 women were in uniform and seven thousand were deployed in theater during Viet Nam. During Desert Storm seven per cent of the total U.S. forces deployed were women - over forty thousand of them. On these pages you will find the history and accomplishments of those women who have served this country - voluntarily - since it's beginning.


WACS in jeep Women marines

Amazing women,
do amazing things.


More about women in war:

Revolutionary War Women

Nightingale Civil War Women

Servicewomen The War of 1812 and Spanish American War

World War One Women

WAVES World War Two Women

They Also Served -WASP, Spec. Svcs.

Post WWII and Korea Women

WAF Women in Vietnam

Women in Grenada and Panama
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Women in Desert Storm

Somalia, Bosnia and More

Operation Desert Fox


The Military AcademiesWomen in the National Guard They Gave Their Lives


Women Prisoners of War gunners Women in Combat - my opinion

Myths, Fallacies and
Urban Legends

More on Women in Combat -
21st Century Combat

Women in Arlington National Cemetery

Gender Integrated Training Women Who Were Spies Military Women Pilots


Of course military women are everywhere. Over 300,000 of them - on land, at sea, in the air and on space missions! Military women have fought and died in Iraq - more than in all the wars since World War II . Over 230,000 have served in the Middle East since 2001, over 650 have been wounded and 120 have died, according to the Department of Defense.


Oldest Living Chief Recalls Life in Air Force - CMSGT Esther MacKay Full story at CMSGT

Former Air Force Pilot Second Woman to Command Shuttle - Full story at Astronaut



Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced on 23 Jun '08, that the President has nominated Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody of the Army for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as commander, Army Materiel Command. Lt. Gen. Dunwoody was commissioned in 1975 and has served in several positions of command, to include commanding general of Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, and deputy chief of staff, Logistics. Lt. Gen. Dunwoody is currently the deputy commanding general/chief of staff, Army Materiel Command. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first female four-star general in American history.
Update:The Senate on July 23 confirmed the promotion of Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody to four-star general, She will be the first female to serve as a four-star general in the United States military. She has also been confirmed for assignment as commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.
UPDATE - WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2008 - For the first time in U.S. history, a woman military officer today pinned on the rank of four-star general. Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody was promoted just hours before taking the helm of the Army Materiel Command, a Fortune 100-sized organization with nearly 130,000 servicemembers at 150 locations worldwide charged with equipping, outfitting and arming the service's soldiers.

Spec. Monica Brown from the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, stands over Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst province, Afghanistan. Brown is the second woman since World War II to earn a Silver Star for gallantry in combat. UPDATE - Nov '08 - Army SPC Monica L. Brown was recently selected as the United Service Organization's (USO) Army Soldier of the Year. (Photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare, USA) 

NEWS ---- SPECIAL EVENTS and OPINION - and more history follows -so please do keep scrolling.

Army Col. Gwendolyn Binghamhas been nominated for appointment to the rank of Brigadier General.  Binghamis currently serving as special assistant to the commanding general, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait.

2dLt Joanna Zemek, is the first female to be chosen to go through training as a Tactical Intelligence Officer at Hurlburt Field, FL.

 Pfc. Barbara Vieyra, 22, of Mesa, Ariz., died Sept. 18 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit using an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenade fire in Kunar province, Afghanistan.  She was assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

> Spc. Faith R. Hinkley, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Aug. 7 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq. She was assigned to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2010 - First Lady Michelle Obama today became the first-ever presidential spouse to christen a new U.S. Coast Guard cutter during a ceremony held in Pascagoula, Miss. It took the First Lady two tries but she successfully broke open the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow of USCGC Dorothy C. Stratton, named after the first woman to serve as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Coast Guard. Michelle Obama praised Stratton's accomplishments, which included serving as the first director of the SPARs, the Coast Guard Women's Reserve created in 1942 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The name is an acronym of the Coast Guard motto Semper Paratus, translated as "Always Ready." Stratton is credited for creating the name.

Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson, made history Thursday, 29 Jul., in assuming command of Carrier Strike Group Two in a ceremony on board the USS George H.W. Bush. The strike group consists of the Bush, America's newest carrier, four guided-missile cruisers; Destroyer Squadron 22, which includes six guided-missile destroyers and two frigates, and Carrier Air Wing 8, with eight squadrons of aircraft.

Hey there Lady Gaga - how about holding a concert for our troops returning from the war zones??Or perhaps visiting the wounded in a V.A. Hospital?? Or maybe writing a song about our gals and guys serving their country??
And many thanks to you Lady Gaga for your efforts against the ludicrous Don't Ask Don't Tell - you are so right on!!! It needs to be gone!!!


Hey politicians - Why didn't you eliminate the ridiculous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy now!!!! Oops I forgot - there's no mental, physical or psychiatric exam to become a member of Congress. And nobody cares if they are Gay!!

A new development - WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2010 - Ninth Circuit District Judge Virginia Phillips, based in California, today ordered the Defense Department to stop enforcing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law immediately.In September, Phillips ruled the law was unconstitutional in the case Log Cabin Republicans vs. the United States of America.The Phillips ruling permanently enjoins DOD "from enforcing or applying the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Act and implementing regulations, against any person under their jurisdiction or command. "The judge further ordered DOD "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Act."

Well that didn't last long - it's been shot down already - stay tuned for the next debacle.
3 Nov - Well here it is - the Appeals Court just put "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" back in the freezer!!!
1 Dec - OK it's out of the Pentagon - who recommended repeal - and into the Legislature where everybody wants to get into the act! They supposedly have two days to get something done. Stay tuned and hope that there will be positive results and that the stupid Don't Ask Don't Tell will be history!!!
16 Dec - Well the House said repeal it!! But now it goes to the Senate and we all know how fast they work.
But be surprised - the Senate voted today - 17 Dec - to repeal it!!!
The President signed off on it - But don't hold your breath until it happens - the Pentagon may take 6 months to a year to figure out how to do it!!!!



Meet the FIRST FEMALE US ARMY DEEP SEA DIVER - ANDREA Y MOTLEY CRABTREE - Visit her web site - First Female Deep Sea Diver

Marines and sailors gathered at the Memorial Chapel aboard Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall to witness the first female Chaplain of the Marine Corps assume her post July 9. Rear Adm. Margaret Kibben took the oath of office from Gen. James Amos, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, and assumed the duties as the senior Navy chaplain serving with Marines. Admiral Kibben, who has more than 24 years of service behind her, was also promoted to rear admiral lower half during the ceremony.

Learn more about AcademyWomen - a nonprofit organization which offers programs to support and enable women from the nation's officer development programs to reach their full potential as leaders. AcademyWomen is aligned for the greater good of the military. It is our belief that every woman who chooses to serve her country should be fully prepared to do so. AcademyWomen provides supplemental sources of education, leadership development opportunities, and resources to achieve better personal and professional balance for military women and women veterans. Academy Women

New web site for veterans - Please take the time to visit - "The Warriors Wall" – Wall – a site that offers veterans a place to write and share their stories, and connect with other veterans. It’s free. It’s easy. And for veterans, there’s really nothing else quite like it on the web.

At a ceremony March 10th, 2010, 200 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) received Congressional Gold Medals for service during World War II. Sixteen more medals will be given to WASP posthumously. Congress and President Obama approved the honor for the WASP last year. WASP ferried planes across the country, hauled targets for shooting practice and performed other stateside flying duties. They not only provided a valuable wartime service when male pilots were in demand on the front, but they helped make it possible for women to be military pilots today. Thirty-eight Women Airforce Service Pilots died in service.


Pfc. Adriana Alvarez, 20, of San Benito, Texas, died Feb. 10 in Baghdad, of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations. She was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Maj. General Jeanne Holm passed away Monday morning, February 15th 2010. General Holm, at one time Director of the WAF - Women in the Air Force - was the first female one star  general in the Air Force and the first two star female  general in the armed forces. She was promoted to brigadier general July 16, 1971, the first female Airman to be appointed in this grade. She was promoted to the grade of major general effective June 1, 1973, with date of rank July 1, 1970 - the first woman in the armed forces to serve in that grade.
In recognition of General Holm's pioneering career, Air Force officials renamed the Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools at Maxwell AFB the Jeanne M. Holm Officer Accession and Citizen Development Center in June 2008. Its mission is Air Force officer recruitment and training within the Air University.
General Holm was also an author of two books about women in the military. "Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution" came out in 1982 and was updated in 1994. Four years later she wrote "In Defense of a Nation: Servicewomen in World War II."

14 Jan 2010 - The Coast Guard cutter Forward was at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba when the earthquake hit on Tuesday, causing the 270-foot ship to rock back and forth even though it was more than 200 miles from the epicenter. The Forward arrived in Port-au-Prince early Wednesday morning, the first American military ship on the scene and the only large vessel in the harbor. The Forward is commanded by Commander Diane W. Durham.

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted about 130 military women and veterans at the White House for afternoon tea, Nov. 18, 2009, honoring all women who have served, or are serving in the U.S. military. Mrs. Obama was joined by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, in honoring military women, many who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and others whose service dates back to World War II.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) Jan 2010-- The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy recently named an award after an Air Force officer who commanded the 732nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron and provided leadership for the first Air Force detachments conducting convoy escort missions at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Established in 2009, the Lt. Col. Heather Buono Logistics Award recognizes outstanding graduates who complete the four-year academic commissioning source program at the Kings Port, NY-based USMMA, the only academy focused on both commerce and military service.

New law allows veterans' salutes during anthem!
WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the National Anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month. "The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have served in our nation's armed forces," said Dr. James B. Peake, secretary of Veterans Affairs. "This provision allows the application of that honor in all events involving our nation's flag." The new provision improves upon a little known change in federal law last year that authorized veterans to render the military-style hand salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag, but it did not address salutes during the national anthem. Last year's provision also applied to servicemembers while not in uniform.
And by the way God Bless America is NOT our National Anthem. The Star Spangled Banner is our National Anthem.

Tennessee is the first state to adopt a license plate to honor women veterans, and it was made possible by a female Desert Storm Veteran -- Laura Comas - a wife, mother, and a former sergeant in the US Army.

Breaking News - 7 Oct
Latest News - WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2010 - The Navy plans to repeal its ban on women serving on submarines, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has informed Congress.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2010 - Female sailors will begin serving on submarines by the end of next year, with Naval Academy graduates leading the way, Navy leaders told a Senate committee yesterday. Update- 29 April 2010 - It's finally official - women will begin serving on submarines by 2012 the Navy announced as the military finally ended this gender barrier.

In 1990 Commander Darlene Iskra became the first woman to command a U.S. Navy ship - the U.S.S. Opportune.
In 2009 Commander Darlene Iskra, USN (Ret), became the first military woman I know of to be a Jeopardy Question!!

Gratefully our First Lady Michelle Obama is an advocate for military women - she spoke at the Women’s Memorial in Washington D.C. recently -
"Throughout our nation's history women have played an important role in the military as well as in organizations supporting the military during times of conflict," she said. "Our foremothers and our sisters today have joined our forefathers and our brothers today in securing our liberty and protecting our country."

More women's history was made at the White House recently when President Barack Obama climbed aboard his helicopter. An all-female crew was waiting to take him to Andrews Air Force Base. It was Major Jennifer Grieves' last day in a rotation that had made her the first female pilot of Marine One, the presidential helicopter. To honor Major Grieves' achievement the three-person crew was made up of women. Major Grieves is from Glendale, Ariz. Her co-pilot, Major Jennifer Marine, is from Palisade, Colo. Sgt. Rachael Sherman, of Traverse City, Mich., was the crew chief.

Political Notes
Might be nice if the "stimulus package" would look at military pay. A U.S. Senator averages $165,000. a year - and the enlisted military guys and gals in the line of fire - about $36,000. a year!!
OK - I stand corrected - there will be a Veterans Stimulus payment forthcoming in May or June - details not clear yet but it's a positive step! OK so where is it now?
Well now President Barack Obama's fiscal 2010 budget proposal includes a 2.9 percent pay increase for U.S. servicemembers. Isn't that special - a whole 2.9 percent. Wonder to what the Congressional salaries will be increased?

And - Is anything being done about military suicides and veterans with PTSD? Well maybe this is a step in the right direction.
According to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America - returning OEF/OIF service members have a newly enhanced VA Web site just for them. Launched the week of the Presidential inauguration at http://www.oefoif.va.gov, the returning service member’s site offers tailored information on VA services and programs, as well as Internet-savvy video features, stories… even a blog that features IAVA's Community of Veterans.

. Also - there is a Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Whew - you can stop worrying about the V.A. !! The Obama administration is abandoning their controversial plan to charge private insurers for treatment of veterans' service-connected conditions, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said recently.

Good News for women veterans!! - WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) in announcing bipartisan legislation to prepare the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the influx of women veterans who will access care there in the coming years. The Women Veterans Health Improvement Act of 2009 will address many of the unique needs of female veterans, particularly those women who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Finally- President Obama on Wednesday afternoon, 5 May 2010, signed a bill bolstering care for female veterans, which was part of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.
Well let's hope that someone will address the appalling fact that over 8.000 women veterans are homeless!!!!


There is no truth to the rumor that "Tricare for Life" is being eliminated!!
However there's a Defense Department surprise announcement that it was raising hospital inpatient co-payments by $110 per day for retired servicemembers, their family members and survivors covered by TRICARE Standard as of October 1st. Let's hope that is a rumor!!!

And yes, sexual assault exists in the military and is a disgrace. The Air Force is finally doing something about it with a web site.
For more information, visit the new SAPR Web site at SAPR or call the Air Force SAPR Program Office at 210-565-4448.




"Lioness"- tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Without sufficient training but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women ended up fighting in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war.Visit their website to learn more about this excellent film. Lioness "Independent Lens" aired "The Lioness" - and it got great reviews.




Airman 1st Class Kimberly Walton attends a mission brief prior to a patrol of Baghdad, Iraq last year. She is with Detachment 7, 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron whose mission is to deploy into the city streets to assist Iraqi police in achieving self-sufficiency and enable orderly control of their battle space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Steve Cline) 

Staff Sgt. Charethea Payne repairs a high mobility, multi-wheeled vehicle, Nov. 10. Sergeant Payne is with Detachment 7, 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. The mission is to deploy into Baghdad's streets and assist Iraqi police in achieving self-sufficiency and enable orderly control of their battle space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Steve Cline) 

Vice President Richard Cheney presents the Distinguished Flying Cross for valiant flying under fire to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Lori Hill in a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky. on Oct. 16. U.S. Army photo. Full story at DFC

Master Sgt. Tabitha Hendrix and Lt. Col. Sharon Bannister discuss the daily patient roster at MacKown Dental Clinic April 24 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Sergeant Hendrix was honored as the Child Advocate of the Year by the Child Advocates of San Antonio. Sergeant Hendrix is the NCO in charge of the Periodontics Flight, and Colonel Bannister is the deputy flight commander. (USAF Photo/Tech. Sgt. Thomas Coney)

Air Force Brig. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson (center), director of U.S. Air Force Public Affairs, participated in the pre-game ceremony with players at the Women’s National Basketball Association’s annual All-Star Game held at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2007. General Johnson was a star basketball player at the Air Force Academy. Defense Dept. photo by Gerry J. Gilmore


I n October, 2006, Superintendent of the Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Rodney P. Rempt selected Captain Margaret “Peg” Klein, USN, to be the 82nd Commandant of Midshipmen. The Naval Academy is the second service academy to appoint a woman to the job of commandant. Brigadier General Susan Y. Desjardins has served as commandant of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, since Oct. 2005.
Sather Air Base, Iraq - Reserve Master Sgt Luann Van Peursem, 914th Logistic Readiness Squadron, receives the Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor from Brig Gen Burton Field, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing on July 12. MSgt Van Peursem rendered first aid and initial medical care for two 914th LRS members, TSgts Steve Paddison and Tim Juliano who were critically injured by shrapnel when a rocket exploded outside their building in Baghdad recently. (Photo by: TSgt Russell Wicke)


LOUIS ARMSTRONG NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, La. Senior Airman Portia Payton talks to hurricane evacuee Betty Porter here. Airman Payton sat with Ms. Porter for almost four hours while talking, feeding and offering her water before her aeromedical evacuation flight to Lake Charles, La. Payton is a medical technician from the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland AFB,Texas. (USAF photo TSgt. Jason Tudor)

Seaman Margarette Fajardo keeps a watchful eye out as portside lookout by searching for surface contacts through a telescopic alidade from the bridge during a General Quarters drill aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) while underway in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 17, 2005. Sailors train to defend the ship and control battle damage during such drills. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Adam York)

U.S. Navy Lt. Jaime Barrata, a general medical officer assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa , checks a Batu-Batu native for a possible upper respiratory infection in the Philippines. The young boy was one of more than 1,300 patients treated by Expeditionary Strike Group One medical personnel in the small village of Batu-Batu in the southern Philippine island of Tawi Tawi. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Gabe Puello)


Read about the first all female C-130 crew -
- combat mission in Iraq
Operation Iraqi Freedom CAMP UR, Iraq -- Maj. Michelle Stringer (left) and 1st Lt. Sarah Parris train Iraqi troops at this austere camp. Both are deployed here from the 78th Security Forces Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. USAF photo. BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- Staff Sgt. Ann Mitchell colors with Raya, a young Kyrgyz girl with cancer. She and other members of the Manas Air Base Outreach Society volunteer their day off to do the work at the center. Since 2003, the Airmen have donated more than $55,000 to help the needy of Kyrgyzstan. The sergeant is a 376th Expeditionary Services Squadron fitness instructor. (USAF photo by Robin Hicks)



Minnesota National Guard All-Female Christmas Day Flight . The two female Blackhawk crews stand with their individual state flags after returning from their Christmas Day mission. Hawaii, Washington and Minnesota are all represented in the 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, and Soldiers from all three states participated in the all-female mission. Credit: Sgt. Dale Sweetnam, Public Affairs




Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, vehicle commander, 617th Military Police Company, stands at attention before receiving the Silver Star at Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 16. Sgt. Hester is the first woman soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star. USA Photo - Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp.
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2006 Air Force Thunderbirds team includes first female pilot. Major Nicole Malachowski, of the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, joins the team as the first female demonstration pilot on any U.S. military high performance jet team.
Nov 2005 MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho Senior Airman Tamara Rhone and fellow maintainers and weapons loaders do the final preflight inspection on an F-15E Strike Eagle before takeoff here. Airman Rhone is a crew chief assigned to the 391st Aircraft Maintenance Unit. (USAF photo Master Sgt. Scott Wagers)



SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Senior Airman Regina Sewart takes inventory at a forward-deployed location. She is assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron and is deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (USAF photo by Tech. Sgt. Demetrius Lester)


SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Airman 1st Class Azalia Scott takes inventory at a forward-deployed location. She is assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron and is deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (USAF photo by Tech. Sgt. Demetrius Lester)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Maj. Lori Menke sets up an IV for a patient here. Major Menke is the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group nurses inpatient element chief, and she is deployed from the South Dakota Air National Guard. (USAF photo by Airman Alexis Lloyd)

Army Spc. Mariana Beshai cares for 8-month-old Fatemah Khalil Hassan while talking to her mother. Specialist Beshai is assigned to the Army National Guard's 230th Support Battalion stationed in Iraq.
(USAF photo - Lt. Tracy Giles)
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) - Staff Sgt. Jessica Nuyt holds an Iraqi girl during a medical civic-action project visit. Sergeant Nuyt is an independent-duty medical technician with the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Squadron and is deployed here from Moody AFB , Ga. (USA photo by Staff Sgt. David Gillespie) TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq -- Airmen 1st Class Shawn Brown (left) and Lattrice Goldsby are sisters deployed here. Except for technical schools, the sisters have been together throughout their military careers. They are two of a set of quadruplets.
(USAF photo by MSgt. Debbie Aragon)

Marine Cpl. Kayelee Yazzie, switchboard maintainer with 1st Marine Division in Iraq, grew up on a reservation in Tohatchi, N.M., Yazzie, a Navajo, comes from a long line of military family members. Her father was an airman in Vietnam; her 77-year-old grandfather served with the Army in Germany during World War II; and his stepbrother was a Marine codetalker in Japan. USMC photo by Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald Silver Medal Winners: Utah Army National Guard Spc. Shauna Rohbock, driver of the two-woman USA-1 sled, and brakeman Valerie Fleming completed their four women's bobsled runs in 3 minutes, 50.69 seconds. That was only .71 second behind the gold-medal winning German team of Sandra Kiriasis and Anja Schneiderheinza. An Italian team took the bronze.
MONUMENT, Colo. (AFPN) -- Jamie Dana and her military working dog, Rex, met Maj. (Dr.) Paul Morton recently. Major Morton helped save Sergeant Dana's life after an improvised explosive device detonated under her Humvee near Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. (USAF Photo)
Update - Rex will stay with Jaime! Read it here
Southwest Asia: Capt Cheryl Lockhart, a Critical Care Air Transport Team Nurse with the 379th Expeditionary Aerormedical Evacuation Squadron administers an IV medication to a patient being evacuated from Iraq. She is deployed from the 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB TX. This is her third SWA deployment. Photo by Maj John Cheney.Airman selected as Miss Arkansas USA, 2Lt. Kelly George was selected as Miss Arkansas USA during the state pageant Oct. 28 held at the University of Central Arkansas. Lt. George is a resident of Sherwood, Ark., and is the deputy chief of Public Affairs for the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock AFB, Ark. (Courtesy photo/Rhonda Garrett Gilliam)


Army Spec. Theresa Lynn Flannery an Army Reservist with the 350th Civil Affairs Command, has been recommended for the Bronze Star with a "V" device for valor, the nation's fourth highest military honor, for her actions in battle in Iraq. She is also being awarded the Purple Heart for the injury she suffered while under fire. The 26-year-old Flannery was involved in a battle at Najaf, Iraq. While under fire she shot back, then used her combat lifesaving training to treat her wounded comrades. Coast Guard Lt. Holly Harrison, 30, of Vienna, Va. is the first woman in Coast Guard history to be awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Lt. Harrison was awarded the medal for her actions as commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Aquidneck in the waters near Iraq. (USCG Photo) Army Airborne Captain Kellie McCoy demonstrated courage and leadership near the rebel stronghold of Fallujah on Sept. 18, 2003, that earned her the Bronze Star with combat "V" for valor when her convoy was ambushed. The citation reads: "Capt. McCoy willingly and repeatedly took action to gather up her soldiers under enemy fire and direct fire at the enemy". The medal citation also said. "Her actions inspired her men to accomplish the mission and saved the lives of her fellow soldiers."

An air-traffic controller from northwest Missouri is the first woman in the Missouri Air National Guard to receive the Bronze Star for her work in northern Iraq. Master Sgt. Lettia Whitaker received the medal for establishing the first air-control service in northern Iraq that supported about 4,800 combat sorties. MSgt Whitaker, of Gower, is part of the 241st Air Traffic Control Squadron. She was one of the first airmen on the ground at the Kirkuk Air Base. Gen. Hal Hornburg praised MSgt Whitaker for developing explosive ordnance disposal procedures at the base, where she also supervised covert flight operations involving tactical radios and night-vision goggles.

Sergeant First Class Stephanie Leonard is the first female soldier in the Missouri Army National Guard to receive the Bronze Star medal for her participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Leonard has served 14 years in the Missouri Army National Guard. She serves as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the 135th Military Historical Detachment. While not serving her country, she is a systems manager for Washington University School of Medicine. Sergeant Leonard was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Soldan High School and is a graduate of Saint Louis University.

Top DoD and Army leaders gathered at Mount Vernon, the home of the country's first war hero, recently to honor soldiers wounded in Iraq. Among those honored with the Purple Heart was Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Suzanne Haskins,45, Seaville, N.J.According to the Womens Memorial, 105 military women have received the Purple Heart during service in the current Iraq Operations.


Twins stick together, even on deployment - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - - Staff Sgts. Sharon and Lerinda Carle joined the Air Force two weeks after graduating from high school in Silverton, Idaho. They are currently deployed together here. USAF photo by Capt. Shellie L. Russell. First female B-2 crew. Maj. Kristin Goodwin and Capt. Jenn Jeffords fly a training sortie in a B-2 Spirit bomber. Flying the Spirit of Mississippi, they practiced conventional bombing and refueled with a KC-135 Stratotanker . The women are assigned to the 325th Bomb Squadron. Major Goodwin has been a B-2 pilot since May 2002; Captain Jeffords became B-2-certified in August. ALI BASE, Iraq -- Airman 1st Class Catherine Dilena gets an unexpected visit here from her mother, Sheri Dilena on July 27. Airman Dilena is a client support administrator with the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron here and is deployed from Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Ms. Dilena is a morale, welfare and recreation coordinator at a nearby forward-deployed location. (USAF photo)

Army Sgt. 1st Class Erika Gordon, kennel master for the 25th Military Police Company, uses a building for cover while her military working dog, Hanna, clears a doorway at the military-operations-in-urban-terrain training site at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan recently. Photo by Spc. Cheryl Ransford, USA ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Capt. Kim Black performs preflight checks. She has flown B-1 Lancers for more than 9 years and is currently the only female pilot in the 37th Bomb Squadron. (USAF photo by Senior Airman Jason Piatek) ARLINGTON, Va. -- Senior Master Sgt. Ann Highnote marches with the U.S. Air Force Band's ceremonial brass unit at Arlington National Cemetery. She is the band's superintendent and was recently selected as the recipient of the 2005 U.S. Armed Forces Spirit of Hope Award for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Casey McCormick)


Supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom ...read more.

Female B-2 pilot makes history...learn more

A-10 Pilot flies damaged aircraft safely back to base in Iraq...learn more.

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TALLIL, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Tracy Praznik wipes away tears from an Iraqi baby's face as she gives his mother water during a visit here in May. The visit was supporting Operation Reachout, a program started by security forces Airmen to build a friendship with families living around nearby Tallil Air Base. Airmen visit the families and take them packaged meals, water and candy. Sergeant Praznik is assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. (USAF photo by SSgt. Christina Rumsey) Arabian Gulf 2004 - Store Keeper Seaman Christie Brown of Oxford, Miss., helps move 13-thousand pounds of mail aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy (CV 67). Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen are on deployment conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

hangin Hangin for Real - Over Iraq - Staff Sgt. Katie Jacquard scans for threats while aboard a C-130 Hercules. She is a loadmaster with the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. The 746th EAS is one of two airlift squadrons assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing and provides tactical airlift supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
AFPN (USAF photo by Capt. Aaron Burgstein)
Weapons inspection YOKOTA AFB, Japan (AFPN) -- Staff Sgt. Pamela Morton inspects M-4 carbine rifles at the armory here. Sergeant Morton is assigned to the 374th Security Forces Squadron. The squadron is responsible for protecting Department of Defense facilities, equipment and aircraft worth $2 billion here. They provide information security, confinement services, combat arms training and ensure the readiness of mobility personnel. (USAF photo by MSgt. Val Gempis). weapons Army 1st Lt. Mandy Nalls and her husband, 1st Lt. Bill Nalls, both with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, spend quality time at a dining facility in Baghdad, Iraq. The Nalls are one of several couples fortunate enough to share this deployment. Photo by Pfc. Matthew McLaughlin, USA couple


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PFC Jessica Lynch, POW, Rescued. ...more. SPC. Shoshana Johnson, 30, El Paso, Texas, Former POW Honored ...more. Army PFC Lori Piestewa,23, the first Native American
woman killed by enemy action in our nation's wars.
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Sgt. Melissa Valles, 26, of Eagle Pass, Texas, died on July 9
in Balad, Iraq as a result of non-combat injuries.

Army Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, 27, died Sep 14 from what was described as a "non-combat weapons discharge." Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, 21, of Houston, Texas, was killed on Oct. 1 in Tikrit, Iraq. Pfc.Esparza Gutierrez was in a convoy that was hit by rocket propelled grenades. Pfc. Rachel Bosveld, 19, was killed Sunday Oct 26th during a mortar attack in Baghdad. Pfc. Bosveld, a member of the 527th Military Police, is from Waupun, Wisconsin. Pfc. Karina S. Lau, 20, Livingston, California ,was killed in the helicopter crash in Iraq.


Chief Warrant Officer (CW5) Sharon T. Swartworth , 43, of Virginia was killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was shot down Nov. 7, 2003, in Tikrit, Iraq. CWO Swartworth was the regimental warrant officer for the Judge Advocate General Office, based at Headquarters Department of the Army, Pentagon. Staff Sgt. Kimberly A. Voelz, 27, of Carlisle, Pa. was killed Sunday, 14 Dec, in Iskandariyah, Iraq, responding to an explosive ordinance disposal call. Spc. Frances M. Vega,20, of Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Vega assigned to the 151st Adjutant General Postal Detachment 3, Fort Hood, Texas, was killed in the helicopter crash. Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, 27, of Easley, S.C., was killed on Jan. 2, 2004, in Fallujah, Iraq. Capt. Hampton, was the pilot on a Kiowa, OH-58, Observation Helicopter when it was shot down by enemy ground fire and crashed. She was assigned to 1st Battalion, 82nd Aviation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sgt. Keicia M. Hines, 27, of Citrus Heights, Calif., died on Jan. 14 when she was struck by a vehicle on Mosul Airfield in Mosul, Iraq. Hines was assigned to the 108th Military Police, Combat Support Co., Fort Bragg, N.C. SPC Rachel Lacy, 22, died in 2003 after receiving a series of shots in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. She became ill right after the inoculations, Two independent panels of medical experts found that the vaccinations may have triggered the illness that killed Spc. Rachel Lacy the Defense Department said. Helicopter crew chief instructor Staff Sgt. Lori Anne Privette, 27 died when a UH-1N Huey helicopter crashed during a training flight. SSgt. Privette joined the Marine Corps in August 1994 and just returned from serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Army Spc. Tamarra J. Ramos, 24, of Quakertown, Pa., died Oct. 1, 2003, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C. Ramos died of non-combat related injuries. She was assigned to the 3rd Armor Medical Company, Medical Troop Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.

Army Sgt. Linda C. Jimenez, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Nov. 8, 2003, at WRAMC. On Oct. 31, 2003, Jimenez fell and was injured. She was taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital and later evacuated to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center. Subsequently, she was moved to WRAMC where she later died. Jimenez was assigned to the 2nd Squadron Combat Support Aviation (Maintenance), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La. Army Pfc. Holly J. McGeogh, 19, of Taylor, Michigan was among three soldiers killed when a homemade bomb exploded Jan. 31 along a road near Kirkuk, Iraq, as their convoy passed by. She and the two other soldiers were assigned to Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Hood, Texas. On March 23, 2003, during Operation Enduring Freedom, a pair of HH-60s scrambled from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The mission was an urgent medevac needed to save the lives of two injured Afghani children. While enroute to the rescue site, one of those helicopters crashed, killing six Airmen, including First Lieutenant Tammy Archuleta, the copilot of Komodo 11.

Pfc. Nichole M. Frye, 19, of Lena, Wis., died Feb. 16 in Baqubah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device struck her convoy. Frye was assigned to Company A, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Kalamazoo, Mich. Department of Defense announced the death of, 41 year-old Capt. Gussie M. Jones, 41. in Iraq. Captain Jones was a surgical nurse assigned to the 31st Combat Support Hospital from Fort Bliss. Her death was as a result of a non-combat cause, possibly a heart attack. Captain Jones served in the military for 15 years rising from the ranks to become an Army nurse in 1998. Spc. Michelle Witmer, 20, died when her Humvee came under attack. She had been stationed in Baghdad since March 2003 with the 32nd Military Police Company of the Wisconsin National Guard.Her sister, Rachel, 24, is with the same unit, which had been expected to prepare within days to leave Iraq. Charity Witmer, Michelle's twin sister, was sent to Iraq late last year as a medic with Company B of the Wisconsin Guard's 118th Medical Battalion.
Witmer family Web site

Spc. Tyanna S. Felder, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn., died April 7, inBalad, Iraq, of injuries sustained on April 4 in Mosul when her convoy vehicle washit with an improvised explosive device. Spc. Felder was assigned to the ArmyŪs 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. Spc. Isela Rubalcava, 25, of El Paso, Texas, died May 8 in Mosul, Iraq,when a mortar round hit near her. Spc. Rubalcava was assigned to the 296th Combat Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division(Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash. Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, 18, of Richmond, Va., died May 20, in Baghdad, Iraq,when her military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device, as she was returning to Camp Eagle. Pfc. Jackson was assigned to A Company, 115th Forward Support Battalion,1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas.


Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart, 22, of Ladson, S.C., died June 6 in Baghdad, Iraq, after collapsing while on guard duty. Hobart was assigned to Company E, 215th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Sgt. Tatjana Reed, 34, of Fort Campbell, K.Y., died July 22 in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. Sgt. Reed was assigned to the 66th Transportation Company from Kaiserslautern, Germany. Sgt. Shawna M. Morrison, 26, of Champaign, Ill. died Sept. 5 in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds sustained during a mortar attack. Sgt Morrison, who handled computer and satellite communications for her unit was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1544th Transportation Company, Paris, Ill.

Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton, Nebraska, died July 11 in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. Sgt. Tarango-Griess was assigned to the 267th Ordnance Company, Nebraska National Guard, Lincoln, Neb. Sgt. Pamela G. Osbourne, 38, was killed Sunday October 11 in Baghdad, Iraq, when two rockets impacted the camp where she served as a Supply Sergeant. Sgt Osbourne was assigned to the Army's Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Spc. Jessica L. Cawvey, 21, of Normal, Ill., died Oct. 6 in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. Spc. Cawvey was assigned to the ArmyŪs National GuardŪs 1544th Transportation Company, Paris, Ill.

Sgt. Cari A. Gasiewicz, 28, of Depew, N.Y., died Dec. 4 in Baqubah, Iraq. She was killed when two improvised explosive devices detonated near her convoy. Depew is a suburb of Buffalo, NY. Sgt. Gasiewicz was assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Gordon, Ga. Sgt. Tina S. Time, 22, from Tucson, Ariz., died Dec. 13 near Cedar, Iraq, when she was involved in a vehicle accident. Sgt. Time was assigned to the Army Reserve's 208th Transportation Company, Tucson, Ariz. Sgt. Tina S. Time, is the first American Samoan woman and the first female soldier from Tucson to die in the war.
Sgt. Jessica M. Housby, 23, of Rock Island, Ill., died Feb. 9 in Route Golden, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy. Sgt. Housby was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1644th Transportation Company, Rock Falls, Ill. Spc. Katrina L. Bell-Johnson, 32, of Orangeburg, S.C., died Feb. 16 in Ba'qubah, Iraq, when she was involved in a vehicle accident. Spc. Bell-Johnson was assigned to the Army's 418th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Former Air Force Captain Barbara Heald who worked for the Army's Project and Contracting Office, was killed Jan. 29, on the eve of the Iraqi national elections, when a mortar round crashed through the roof of the Republican National Palace in Baghdad's Green Zone.


Spc. Lizbeth Robles, 31, of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, died at the 228th Command Support Hospital in Tikirt, Iraq, on March 1. Spc. Robles died from injuries sustained in a military vehicle accident that occurred Feb. 28 in Bayji, Iraq. She was assigned to the Army's 360th Transportation Company, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Spc. Adriana N. Salem, 21, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., died Mar. 4 in Remagen, Iraq when her military vehicle rolled over. Spc. Salem was assigned to the 3rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Spc. Chrystal G. Stout, 23, of Travelers Rest, S.C., assigned to the Army National Guard's 228th Signal Brigade in Spartanburg, was killed when a CH-47 helicopter crashed April 6 in a sandstorm in Ghanzi, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Maj. Barbaralien Banks, 41, of Harvey, La., assigned to Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii was also killed in the CH-47 helicopter crash.

Pfc. Sam W. Huff, 18, died April 18 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle. Pfc.Huff was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash. She is from Tucson, Arizona. Spc. Aleina Ramirez-Gonzalez, 33, of Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, died April 15 in Tikrit, Iraq, when a mortar struck her forward operating base. Ramirezgonzalez was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Troop Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Spc. Carrie L.French, 19, of Caldwell , Idaho, died June 5th in Kirkuk, Iraq when an improvised exposive device hit the front of her convoy vehicle. Spc. Fench was assigned to the Army National Guard 145th Support Battalion, Boise, Idaho. Lance Cpl. Holly A. Charette, 21, from Cranston, R.I., died June 23 from wounds sustained when a suicide, vehicle-borne, improvised explosive device struck her vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. She was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Cpl. Ramona M. Valdez, 20, of Bronx, N.Y., died June 23 while traveling in a convoy that was attacked by a suicide, vehicle-borne, improvised explosive device in Fallujah, Iraq. She was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Petty Officer 1st Class Regina R. Clark, 43, of Centralia, Wash., died June 23 in a convoy that was attacked by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Fallujah. She was a culinary specialist deployed with Naval Construction Region Detachment 30, Port Hueneme, Calif., and was temporarily assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).


Staff Sgt. Tricia L. Jameson, 34, of Omaha, Neb., died on July 14 in Trebil, Iraq. SSgt. Jameson, a health care specialist was responding to a casualty incident when a secondary improvised explosive device detonated near her location. She was assigned to 313th Medical Company, Army National Guard, Lincoln, Neb. The Combat Medic Training Center at Logistical Support Area Anaconda was renamed on Sept. 14 to the Sgt. 1st Class Tricia L. Jameson Combat Medic Training Center to honor the fallen Soldier of the 44th Medical Command.

Spc. Toccara R. Green, 23, of Rosedale, Md., died on Aug. 14, 2005, in Al Asad, Iraq, where multiple improvised explosive devices detonated near her unit during convoy operations. Spc. Green was assigned the Army's 57th Transportation Company, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Pvt. Lavena L. Johnson, of Florissant, Mo., died near Balad, Iraq. She was assigned to the 129th Corps Support Battalion.

1st Lt. Laura M. Walker, 24, of Texas was killed August 18, 2005, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated beneath her HMMWV during ground assault convoy operations. Lt Walker was assigned to the Army's 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (Provisional), Fort Lewis, Wash. Airman 1st Class Elizabeth N. Jacobson, 21, of Riviera Beach, Fla., died Sept. 28, 2005, near Camp Bucca, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. Airman Jacobson was assigned to the 17th Security Forces Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Visit a tribute to her at Elizabeth Jacobson 1st Lt. Debra A. Banaszak, 35, of Bloomington, Ill., died at Camp Victory, Kuwait, on Oct. 28, from noncombat related injuries. Lt. Banaszak was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1035th Maintenance Company, Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
Sgt. Regina C. Reali , 25, of Freso, Calif. died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 23, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her HMMWV. Sgt. Reali assigned to the Army Reserve's 351st Civil Affairs Command, Mountain View, Calif. Sgt. Myla L. Maravillosa , 24, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, died in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Dec. 24, of injuries sustained in Al Hawijah, Iraq, when her HMMWV was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades. Sgt. Maravillosa was assigned to the Army Reserve's 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. First Lt. Jaime L. Campbell was among the 12 Americans who died in Iraq when the UH-60 Black Hawk wend down near Tal Afar. Lt Campbell, 25, and an accompished pilot, was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment in Anchorage, Alaska.

Air Force Senior Airman Alecia S. Good, 23, Broadview Heights Ohio, was one of two airmen to die when two helicopters crashed into the Gulf of Aden, Africa. Airman Good was assigned to the 92nd Comm. Sq., Fairchild AFB, Wash. All of the service members killed were deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Sgt. Julia V. Atkins , 22, of Bossier City, La., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 10, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her HMMWV during patrol operations. Sgt. Atkins was assigned to the 64th Military Police Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

Pfc. Tina M. Priest, 20, of Austin, Texas, died in Taji, Iraq on March 1, from non-combat related injury. Pfc. Priest was assigned to the 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Divison, Fort Hood, Texas. Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson,21, of St. Louis, Mo. was killed in Tikrit, Iraq, on Mar. 16, when a mortar round detonated. Sgt Pinson was assigned to the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 501st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Pfc. Amy A. Duerksen, 19, of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., died in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 11, from a non-combat related injury. Pfc. Duerksen was assigned to the 4th Combat Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Lance Cpl. Juana NavarroArellano, 24, of Ceres, Calif., died April 8 from wounds received while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar, Iraq. She was assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaime S. Jaenke, 29, of Bay City, Wis., died June 5 as a result of enemy action when her HMMWV was struck by an improvised explosive device in Al Anbar province, Iraq. She was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25, Fort McCoy, Wis.

Pennsylvania National Guard member, Spc. Kirsten Fike, died a day after collapsing in 104-degree heat near Yuma, Ariz., at a border patrol surveillance outpost in the desert. Spc. Kirsten Fike, 36, was in the initial stage of a two-week deployment for Operation Jump Start, She had also served for five years in the Air Force, where she had been a family support technician.

Lt. Jessica Hill, 30, of St. Augustine, Fla., assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, died in a diving accident during a science mission in the Arctic Ocean.

Army Sgt. Wakkuna A. Jackson, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida, was killed in Kunar, Afghanistan, Aug. 19 when an IED detonated near her convoy vehicle. Sgt. Jackson was assigned to the 710th Combat Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Sgt. Jennifer M. Hartman, 21, of New Ringgold, Pa.died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 14 of injuries suffered when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated in the vicinity of a West Baghdad Substation. Hartman was assigned to the 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.



Army Pfc. Hannah Leah McKinney, 20, of Redlands, Calif., died on Sept. 4 in Taji, Iraq, from injuries suffered when she was struck by a vehicle. Pfc. McKinney was assigned to the 542nd Maintenance Company, 44th Corps Support Battalion, Fort Lewis, Wash.

2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, 23, of Texas, died on Sept.12 of injuries sustained in Al Kifl, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her HMMWV during combat operations. Perez was assigned to the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Sgt. 1st Class Merideth L. Howard, 52, of Alameda, Calif. , was killed in Kabul when a car bomb detonated near her HMMWV. Sgt Howard was assigned to the Army Reserve's 405th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C. A resident of Waukesha, Wis., Sgt Howard entered the Army in Oakland, Calif., May 21, 1988, as a medical equipment repairer.


1st Lt. Ashley L. (Henderson) Huff, 23, of Belle Mead, N.J., died of injuries suffered in Mosul, Iraq, on Sept.19, when a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near her mounted patrol during combat operations. Lt. Huff was assigned to the 549th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Sgt. Denise A. Lannaman, 46, of Bayside, N.Y., died at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on Oct. 1 from a non-combat incident.
Sgt. Lannaman was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1569th Transportation Company, Newburgh, N.Y. and was on her second tour in the Middle East. Many thanks to Sgt. Cristina Frisby for the above photo.


The Pentagon announced the death of a soldier from The Bronx. Sgt. Jeannette T. Dunn, 44, succumbed in December to a noncomat-related injury. Sgt Dunn was assigned to the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Maj. Gloria D. Davis, 47, of St. Louis, Mo., died Dec. 12 in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the Defense Security Assistance Agency, Washington, D.C.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jane E. Lanham, 43, of Owensboro, Ky., died of natural causes Sept. 19 in Bahrain. Cmdr. Lanham was assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic, Bahrain.

Navy Seaman Sandra S. Grant, 23, of Linwood, N.C., died Dec. 31 while serving in the Arabian Sea. Seaman Grant was assigned to the USS Eisenhower.

Spc. Carla J. Stewart, 37, of Sun Valley, Calif., died Jan. 28 in Tallil, Iraq, of injuries suffered when her convoy vehicle rolled over. Spc. Stewart was assigned to the 250th Transportation Company, El Monte, Calif.


Maj. Megan M. McClung, 34, of Coupeville, Wash., died Dec. 6 while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. McClung was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I MEF, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Senior Airman Elizabeth A. Loncki, 23, of New Castle, Del. was killed Jan. 7 by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while performing duties in the Baghdad area supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was assigned to the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Command Sgt. Maj. Marilyn L. Gabbard, the first woman to obtain her rank in the Iowa Army National Guard, was killed when an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed, killing all 12 people on board.Sgt. Major Gabbard, 46, of Polk City, was a full-time member of the Iowa National Guard and was based at Camp Dodge.


Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell, 20, of Bel Air, Md., died Feb. 7 while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.
Cpl. Parcell was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

Naval Academy graduate Marine Captain Jennifer Harris, 27, was killed while piloting her CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter north of Baghdad. The helicopter was reportedly shot down by enemy fire.

Ashly Lynn Moyer,21, was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 3 when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle. Moyer was serving with the 630th MP Company, 759th MP Battalion and 89th MP Brigade.



Pfc. Katie M. Soenksen, 19, of Davenport, Iowa, died May 2 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle.She was assigned to the 410th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

Spc. Karen N.Clifton, 22, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., died June 21 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when her vehicle was hit with a rocket propelled grenade. She was assigned to the 554th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Sgt. Trista L. Moretti, 27, of South Plainfield, N.J., died June 25 in Nasir Lafitah, Iraq, when her unit was attacked by insurgents using indirect fire.She was assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Spc. Michelle R. Ring, 24, of Martin, Tenn., died July 5 of wounds sustained from enemy mortar fire in Baghdad, Iraq.She was assigned to the 92d Military Police Battalion, Fort Benning, Ga.



Capt. Maria I. Ortiz, 40, of Pennsauken, N.J. died July 10 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from enemy indirect fire.
She was assigned to the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Staff Sgt. Alicia A. Birchett, 29, of Mashpee, Mass., died Aug. 9 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related accident Aug. 8 in Baghdad.
She was assigned to the 887th Engineer Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.


The Department of Defense announced the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Aug. 15 in Taji, Iraq, when the enemy attacked using indirect fire.
Killed were:
Sgt. Princess C. Samuels, 22, of Mitchellville, Md. She was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Spc. Zandra T. Walker, 28, of Greenville, S.C. She was assigned to 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Spc. Marisol Heredia, 19, of El Monte, Calif., died Sept. 7 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related accident July 18 in Baghdad, Iraq. She was assigned to the 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas as a petroleum supply specialist.

Capt. (Dr.) Roselle M. Hoffmaster, 32, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Sept. 20 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Spc. Ciara M. Durkin, 30, of Quincy, Mass., died Sept. 28 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 726th Finance Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard, West Newton, Mass. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

Seaman Apprentice Shayna Ann Schnell, 19, of Tell City, Ind., died as a result of injuries suffered from a vehicle accident. Schnell was serving as a master-at-arms assigned to Naval Security Force Bahrain, Jebel Ali Detachment, United Arab Emirates.

Spc. Rachael L. Hugo, 24, of Madison, Wis., died Oct. 5 in Bayji, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked her unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. She was assigned to the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve, Jackson, Mich.

The Department of Defense announced the death of Staff Sgt. Lillian Clamens, 35, of Lawton, Okla.  She died Oct. 10 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit with rockets. Sgt Clamens was assigned to the 1st Postal Platoon, 834th Adjutant General Company, Miami.

2nd Lt. Tracy Lynn Alger, 30, of New Auburn, Wis., died Nov 1 in Shubayshen, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle. She was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis, 34, of Anchorage, Alaska. died Nov. 5, in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during combat operations. She was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Spc. Ashley Sietsema, 20, of Melrose Park, Ill., died Nov. 12 2007 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident. She was assigned to the 708th Medical Company, 108th Medical Battalion, 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois National Guard, North Riverside, Ill.

The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sgt. Tracy Renee Birkman, 41, of New Castle, Va., died Jan. 25 in Owesat, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. She was assigned to the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Spc. Keisha M. Morgan, 25, of Washington, D.C., died Feb. 22 in Baghdad, Iraq, of a non-combat related cause. She was assigned to the Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. The circumstances are under investigation.

The Department of Defense announced the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Petty Officer 1st Class Cherie L. Morton, 40, of Bakersfield, Calif., died April 20 in Galali, Muharraq, Bahrain. She was assigned to Naval Security Force, Naval Support Activity Bahrain. The cause of death is under investigation.

The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Mary J. Jaenichen, 20, of Temecula, Calif., died 9 May 2008 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, of a non-combat related injury. She was assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. The incident is under investigation.

Cpl. Jessica A. Ellis, 24, of Bend, Ore., died 11 May 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when her vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Cpl. Casey L. Casanova, 22, was one of the Marines - she is from McComb, Miss. All four Marines died May 2 in Al Anbar province, Iraq, supporting combat operations. They were assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Spc. Seteria L. Brown, 22, of Orlando, Fla., died July 25 2008 in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood Texas. The incident is under investigation.

Pfc. Jennifer L. Cole, 34, of American Canyon, Calif., died Aug. 2 in Bayji, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 426th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. The incident is under investigation.

Lance Cpl. Stacy A. Dryden, 22, of North Canton, Ohio, died Oct. 19, '08 from injuries sustained in a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq. She was assigned to 1st Supply Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif. The incident is under investigation.

PFC Cwislyn K. Walter, 19, of Honolulu died 19 Feb '09 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 29th Special Troops Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Hawaii National Guard. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

Spc. Simone A. Robinson, 21, of Dixmoor, Ill., died 1 March '09 at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her security post on Jan. 17 in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was assigned to the 634th Brigade Support Battalion of the Illinois Army National Guard, Crestwood, Ill.

Pfc. Jessica Y. Sarandrea, 22, of Miami, Fla., died 3 March '09 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her forward operating base with mortar fire. She was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Lt. Florence B. Choe, 35, of El Cajon, Calif., and Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner IV, 26, of Narragansett, R.I., died March 27 '09 when an insurgent posing as an Afghan National Army soldier opened fire on personnel assigned to Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan at Camp Shaheen, Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan.

1st Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, 25, of St. Louis, Mo., died May 20 near Kabul, Afghanistan of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device.  She was assigned to the Headquarters,  Pacific Air Forces Command, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

Senior Airman Ashton L. M. Goodman, 21, of Indianapolis died May 26 near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

Staff Sgt. Tara J. Smith, 33, of Nashville, N.C., died Aug. 8 in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident that occurred Aug. 4 at Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan,. She was assigned to the 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

Sgt. Eduviges G. Wolf, 24, of Hawthorne, Calif., died Oct. 25 '09 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade. She was assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Staff Sgt. Amy C. Tirador, 29, of Albany, N.Y., died Nov. 4 '09 in Kirkush, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. She was assigned to the 209th Military Intelligence Company, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

Ft Hood shooting victims names released:
Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago, Ill. She was assigned to the 15th Combat Support Battalion, Fort Hood.
Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, 55, of Havre De Grace, Md. She was assigned to the 1908th Medical Company, Independence, Mo.
Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis. She was assigned to the 467th Medical Company, Madison, Wis.

VA employees, serving on active duty with their Army Reserve units, were among the slain. The VA's fatality was Juanita L. Warman, 55, a nurse practitioner at VA's medical center in Perry Point, Md. She was a lieutenant colonel in the Maryland National Guard, with two daughters and six grandchildren. She was the daughter of a career Air Force member and held a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pfc. Erin L. McLyman, 26, of Federal Way, Wash., died March 13, 2010, in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked her base with mortar fire. She was assigned to the 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lews-McChord, Wash.




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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFPN) -- Capts. Rob and Beth Makros, T-38 instructor pilots with the 25th Flying Training Squadron here, were recently selected for assignment to the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo., as B-2 Spirit bomber pilots. Both are thrilled with their new B-2 assignments. "It's awesome. The B-2 is a great opportunity for both of us," said Rob, who was an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot. Col. Adele Hodges (right) accepting the base colors and all its responsibilities to mark the beginning of a new era as Camp Lejeune's first female commander. Col. Hodges said she is honored to be the first female commander and pledges to be only a Marine leading Marines. First Lt. Alexia Forbes and Senior Airman Jackie Miller train with fellow combat weatherman at the 18th Air Support Operations Group at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Lt. Forbes and Senior Airman Miller are not just the only two women in their squadron; they are also the only two active female parachutists in the Air Force. USAF photo -Dave Davenport

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Renowned Artist features Military Women - read about Nancy Rhodes

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When Col. Rhonda Cornum (now General) assumed command in Germany - Col Rhonda Cornum

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A retired Col. - now a published author - and she wants your ideas - read about Jo Rusin.

First woman assumes command at Ft McPherson - Col Angela Manus

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